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This Sunday,
February 9, 2020

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Worship Service
at 10:30 AM

Scriptures this weekend:

Psalm 112
Isaiah 58 1-12
Matthew 5:13-16

Protocol of cancelling church worship service
or other activities in an extreme weather condition.
The church will suspend the worship service if the extreme climate conditions make it difficult or presents a risk for people to drive or attend church services or activities.
The congregation will be informed by checking local TV station’s (KCCI, WHO) listing of closings.
The notice will be sent as soon the decision is made.


History Tidbit
Last week we read about the church being lost prior to the Civil War due to financial difficulties. It was mentioned the congregation rented the basement of their former church. The main part of the former church was known as Ingham Hall and was used as a public hall for shows, concerts etc. One day a local editor of the Daily Register and a friend were headed to Ingham Hall. They were greeted in the entryway by the pastor who invited them to go to the basement for the service. They replied “No. Our entertainment is above.” The pastor responded “I fear it will be reversed in the future.” It was said that frequent onlookers from the street could not tell whether a crowd headed in the door was going to a prayer meeting or a rag-time show. This became a town topic for discussion. Often events were happening both upstairs and downstairs at the same time and those watching from the street were amused by the parting of the “sheep” and the “goats” in the vestibule.


March 1st Bishop Laurie will be here to preach and worship will be followed by a special After Church Coffee.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18
This year as First Church celebrates its 175th anniversary we have claimed that we are honoring our past and are excited for our future.
To help us step boldly into that future, you are invited to join us for a “Dreaming and Visioning Retreat.”
This retreat will be held on Friday, March 6th
from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM in Fellowship Hall.

Through games, activities, music and presentations we will dream about what our future may look like and how we will get there.
This retreat is open to all church youth and adults. We need everyone’s thoughts.
Please RSVP to Christine by February 28th.
Questions: Speak with Pastor Edgar
Mark Your Calendars
The Lenten season is fast approaching. We hope you will join us for our activities. Four Wednesday evenings (March 18, 25, April 1 and 8) we will enjoy our Lenten Music Series concerts followed by a soup dinner and study.
Music - 5:30 PM
Dinner - 6:00 PM
Study - 6:30 PM
This year our study is entitled "Give Up Something Bad for Lent" by James Moore.
During Lent each year, many Christians give up something as an act of sacrifice and spiritual discipline. Often it is something like chocolate, knowing that after Easter Sunday they can once again enjoy what they have given up. James Moore challenges us to take it further—to give up something spiritually that we would be better off not doing. He invites all to seek God's help to focus on eliminating one habit or attitude that is destructive. Imagine giving up envy, jealousy, self-pity, apathy, procrastination, gossip, resentment, or negative thinking, how much better life would be.
The book is $10 and will be available in Kenyon Hall beginning March 1st. Your freewill donation for the soup dinner will help us support Chin Cho, our missionary in Mongolia.
Blanket Sunday:  February 16th

CWS BLANKETS:  Embracing Neighbors in the Aftermath

Have you ever been through a big storm?  The kind where you’re glued to the weather channel, getting that terrifying text alert or hearing community sirens as you strategize the safest place in your house?
Families in western Ohio experienced that gripping fear when 15 tornadoes touched down overnight.  And after the tornadoes finally let up, neighbors stepped out to a world that was broken.  The destruction left a traumatic mark; even now, many families haven’t been able to move back into their homes.
But they aren’t alone, and they aren’t forgotten.  Your gift to CWS Blankets today proves it, as did the gifts of thousands like you last year.
With those gifts, members of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Dayton, OH were able to immediately embrace their neighbors.  In a matter of days, they were distributing blankets and supplies to those who lost everything.
It signaled to a hurting community that someone cared about them.  That Christ’s love comforts and heals.  That we find light together in our darkest times.
Will you give generously to CWS Blankets today to set that in motion for future needs?  You’ll signal your love to families who are desperate for a healing embrace.
“And don’t forget to do good and share with those in need.”
- Hebrews 13:16
Sunday School - September thru May
If you are not currently in a Sunday School class we invite you to consider joining one of the groups. Here is a list of the classes.
Children four through 2nd grade
meet in room # 112 (lower level).
Children 3rd grade through high school
meet in room # 107 (lower level).
Better Late Than Never Class
meets in  room # 103 (lower level).
M&M Class
looks at the impact of Christianity on various topics
and meets in the library (just off the sanctuary).
Pacesetters Class
discusses current issues
and meets in the conference room just off Kenyon Hall.

No Cash...No Problem!
First Church is now making giving your gift to God easier. On Sundays before the 10:30 AM service if you would like to use your debit or credit card to make your offering, please stop by the giving station in the narthex. The station will be open prior to worship.
Worship ~ We Welcome Everyone
First United Methodist Church, at the top of 10th Street in downtown Des Moines, strives to love others as Christ loves us and, in doing so, to be the Body of Christ in word and deed.
As the Body of Christ, we welcome all of God’s children, knowing that each is created in the image of God. We welcome people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, races, ethnicities, family configurations, and physical and mental capabilities to join us in full participation as we come together to worship God and then go out to share God’s love in the world around us.

Traditional Worship
Sundays at 10:30 AM


South Sudanese
Mabaan Worship
Sundays at 12:30 PM

Diferente Latinx Ministry
Worship Service 
Sundays at 4:30 PM.

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